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Bachelor of Social Science with Honours

  • Bachelor (Honours)

The Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours is a separate fourth year of study that is undertaken following the successful completion of an undergraduate Social Science or Social Welfare degree. It signifies a demonstrable ability in conducting research in the Social Sciences and Social Welfare.

Key details

Degree Type
Bachelor (Honours)
Duration
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Course Code
3507033
Study Mode
In person, Online

About this course

The Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours is a separate fourth year of study that is undertaken following the successful completion of an undergraduate Social Science or Social Welfare degree. In addition to the skills and knowledge that graduates have developed in their undergraduate degree, the Honours degree is highly regarded in providing advanced intellectual education in research, analysis and writing. It signifies a demonstrable ability in conducting research in the Social Sciences and Social Welfare. As well as a completion point for tertiary study itself, Honours also represents the starting point for entry into postgraduate and academic research.

The Honours degree includes a unit in research methodology and management that assists students to conduct a significant research project on a topic of their interest. Generally this research project will be documented in a written thesis. An Honours Supervisor will assist students at each stage of their project.

Prior to lodging an application, interested applicants must contact the University to discuss their eligibility and to find a suitable honours supervisor for their proposed honours topic. For more information refer to the School of Arts and Social Sciences Honours information.

Study locations

Gold Coast

Lismore

Online

Career pathways

A key aim of the Honours degree is to provide graduates with research training and a range of lifelong learning skills. These skills have vocational relevance that varies depending on the professional field you wish to enter.

Adding Honours to an undergraduate degree is a useful qualification for:

  • Graduates to gain an edge for employment in vocational positions as Honours demonstrates their ability to successfully design and complete a significant research project;
  • Gaining entry into graduate programs such as the Public Service graduate program, for which Honours is often a requirement; and
  • Honours is the best pathway for those wishing to undertake a PhD, which is generally required for an academic or research-oriented career.

Course structure

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Social Science with Honours, students must complete the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising:

  • COMM4001,
  • COMM4002,
  • COMM4003, and
  • COMM4004.

Class of Honours

This degree may be awarded in the following classes:

1.First Class;
2.Second Class (Division 1);
3.Second Class (Division 2); or
4.Third Class.